July 2020 eNews
The Conquest of Cancer
AACR Virtual Meeting June 2020
Although the physical Wood Hudson Laboratory has been shut down since March 13, and in spite of the restrictions COVID-19 is placing us all under, Wood Hudson science continues, and is perhaps more active than ever. All ten Wood Hudson UREP students and four senior scientists attended the 111th Annual Meeting of The American Academy of Cancer Research (AACR), June 22-24. Last year at this time, it may have seemed to be an impossible task to have a meeting of this scope virtually, but as we are all learning how to navigate our virtual work better and better, this international conference adjusted well. In a diagnostic biomarkers section on June 22, Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory presented a poster, narrated by Dr. Larry Douglass, entitled PAK1, TGF-α, Ki-67 and Survival in Human Gastric and Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinomas. Our data suggest that Pak1 and TGFα might serve as diagnostic biomarkers for subtypes of adenocarcinomas of the stomach and gastroesophageal junction.
Summer UREP Experience 2020
This summer we have ten students participating in UREP. This is what four of them have to say about their online summer research so far:
Alex is a Harvard student from the Cincinnati region. "The remote set-up this summer has been very rewarding, and has allowed me to combine my interests in cancer, public health, and health policy to design a research project addressing Black cancer patients’ disparities in accessing treatment. I’ve been learning a lot more about the human body, which will be useful next semester when I take anatomy for the first time since high school!"
Angel is a rising senior at Thomas More University, working toward a biology degree. "My project for UREP is studying the exosomal microRNAs associated with diffuse midline gliomas and their potential for use in liquid biopsy. In these past few weeks I have already learned so much about cancer and I can’t wait to find out what’s next!"
Ashwin is a high school senior at Gatton Academy. "Participating in the Undergraduate Research Education Program has been a very rewarding and beneficial experience for me. I am learning way more than I would in a normal high school classroom setting. I appreciate the inter-disciplinary approach the program takes to cancer biology. Overall, the UREP has been an enlightening experience where I have learned much and met some great people."
Brianna is a rising junior at Thomas More University. "The UREP at Wood Hudson has been an excellent experience for me. I love learning about the development of a normal cell as opposed to a cancerous cell, especially with a focus on histology. In my research, I am looking at how intermittent fasting affects the DNA methylation pattern of pancreatic cancer cells. I am fascinated by the fact that cancer cells exhibit global hypomethylation with an increase in methylation at some CpG islands as compared to normal cells, and I look forward to seeing how periodic nutrient deprivation will affect this phenomenon."
In spite of Cincinnati's Flying Pig Marathon being canceled in May and now in October also, we have learned that the raffle is still going to happen! Tickets may be purchased through October 10, and the raffle will take place on October 11.
When you buy a $5 ticket, the total of that $5 goes directly to Wood Hudson and cancer research, and if your ticket is drawn, you will win $5000 for yourself and $5000 for Wood Hudson. Whether you buy 1 ticket or 100, you can feel good knowing there is no overhead to the raffle, and Wood Hudson very efficiently uses 98 cents of every dollar directly for its cancer research and education programs. And who knows but your ticket may win! Think of that! Buy tickets (or adopt a pig) HERE.
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